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The Prickly Pear Podcast features interviews with creative people at the crossroads of artistic media. The Prickly Pear Podcast is a part of Blue Cactus Press, a boutique publishing company dedicated to crafting distinct, quality books by authors of the Pacific Northwest. We value community involvement in the arts and collaboration between authors, artists and creatives.

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The Prickly Pear Podcast features interviews with creative people at the crossroads of artistic media. The Prickly Pear Podcast is a part of Blue Cactus Press, a boutique publishing company dedicated to crafting distinct, quality books by authors of the Pacific Northwest. We value community involvement in the arts and collaboration between authors, artists and creatives.

    Episode 9: Lucien Vedego & The Great

    Episode 9: Lucien Vedego & The Great

    We've been having trouble keeping up with all the cool arts events happening around town for Tacoma Arts Month, so naturally, we retreated to the great garage to catch our breath and *settle down.* We convinced Lucien Vedego, a multi-disciplinary artist with work in the fields of music, painting, writing, acting, and modeling, to join us while we did so. This podcast episode is the very silly but also heartfelt result of that. This episode is also all about you, Tacoma, and what keeps cool kids like Lucien walking through your streets. We deep dived into conversation about honesty, "facebooking it" in real life, friendship and the artistic process. We hope you enjoy it.

    LUCIEN VEDEGO is a multi-disciplinary artist with work spanning the fields of music, painting, writing, acting, and modeling. All of his work stems from his mission to spread the messages of unity, vulnerability, and innate power. He is also active within the field of metaphysics, sharing esoteric teachings by holding space, as well as working as a Reiki practitioner. Most recently, he founded decriminalize nature tacoma, a branch of the larger decriminalize nature effort.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 8: Therapy Isn't a Death Sentence with Robert Lashley

    Episode 8: Therapy Isn't a Death Sentence with Robert Lashley

    It's been a contemplative spring, friends, one as heavy with emotional processing as the branches of a flowering peony bush (you know, the ones near Chinese Reconciliation Park in Tacoma, with milky-white flowers larger than our fists and a melancholy that drags at the bush). We've been absorbed with emotional processing all year, it seems, and our latest podcast interview with Robert Lashley, an exceptionally lyrical and honest poet, was no different.

    Originally from Hilltop, Tacoma, Robert is a Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award. His poems have been published in literary journals including Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, Gramma, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and The Cascadia Review. His work was also featured in Many Trails to the Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and lyric poetry, and It Was Written, an anthology of poetry inspired by hip hop.

    Robert joined us for a cathartic and open conversation about honesty and authenticity in art, the manifestation of grief, and the weight of public shaming. We also dived into respectability politics, gentrification, and heritage, and were fortunate that Robert shared his poetry with us throughout the conversation. We hope you enjoy this one, folks, or at the very least, come away with a deeper appreciation for how our complex array of emotion and personal experience inform our art, whether intentional or not. Now grab those headphones, head to Chinese Reconciliation Park, and every now or then, look up from the flowers to watch the fog drift over the water. Drift with it.

    **This episode of Prickly Pear Podcast was recorded at Hugo House, a resource and education center for writers, in Seattle. Thank you again to Hugo House for graciously allowing us to record our podcast in one of their cozy workshop spaces. Learn about upcoming writing workshops, readings, and opportunities to utilize writing spaces at HugoHouse.org.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode 7: Abby E. Murray's Snack Pack PhD Regalia

    Episode 7: Abby E. Murray's Snack Pack PhD Regalia

    Blue Cactus Press snagged an interview with award-winning author, educator and 2019 - 2021 Tacoma poet laureate Abby E. Murray. 

    Abby joined us earlier this spring for a delightfully weird conversation about expensive-AF writing retreats, juggling balls and spinning plates, and how many snacks one can fit in their PhD regalia (spoiler alert: approximately 8-9 snacks, unless one is lumpy, in which case you can fit many, many more snacks).

    More importantly, we chatted about Abby's incredible work at The Selma R Carson Home, where she holds writing workshops for undocumented and unaccompanied boys, and her role at Collateral, a literary journal showcasing creative writing and art exploring the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone.

    • 50 min
    Episode 6: Good-Ass Hot Chicken ft. José Olivarez & Britteney Black Rose Kapri

    Episode 6: Good-Ass Hot Chicken ft. José Olivarez & Britteney Black Rose Kapri

    Earlier this month, Blue Cactus Press sat down with poetry giants  José Olivarez and Britteney Black Rose Kapri for a live podcast recording at King's Books! José and Britteney joined our podcast host, Christina Butcher, and local poet Michael Haeflinger, in a discussion about poetry, creative influences, and life as teaching artists and working writers. We also spent a fair amount of time debating the worst best movie sequels of our time, mail fraud and good-ass hot chicken. Oh, and there's a new emcee in town going by the name of Vanilla Sexy ...

    This episode was live-recorded at King's Books in Tacoma, Washington state. It was sponsored by Write253, as part of the fourth annual Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB)-Tacoma teen poetry slam festival. LTAB-Tacoma took place in March, 2019, and included youth poets from 13 schools in Pierce and Thurston counties of Washington state.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 5: Weird Flex But Okay with Jonah Barrett

    Episode 5: Weird Flex But Okay with Jonah Barrett

    We're bringing the weird, friends! We've been stuck indoors all winter and we're LOSING OUR MINDS! Luckily, though, we're losing our minds with filmmaker, writer and multimedia artist Jonah Barrett. 

    In this episode, Jonah chats about his obsession with dark places (we're talking caves, abandoned houses and creepy forests),  his "finite experience on the YouTubez," and his past, present and future creative endeavors. There's also a fair amount of sh*t talking (you're welcome), and an ridiculous Q&A session fueled by friends.

    • 39 min
    Episode 4: Experimental Artist & Library Gangster, Nicole McCarthy

    Episode 4: Experimental Artist & Library Gangster, Nicole McCarthy

    Put down the holiday cookies and pick up your headphones, folks, because we snagged an exclusive podcast interview with experimental artist Nicole McCarthy! In this episode, Nicole chats about her artistic journey, her biggest influences, and how we can use art to rid ourselves of shame. She also explains how she became a library gangster :)

    • 46 min

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